The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce’s Power in Partnership Virtual Breakfast on May 13 will recognize small business owners and entrepreneurs as part of a small business celebration. The live broadcast will start at 7:30 a.m. and Swift & Staley is the sponsor.
The program will feature a panel of small business owners who will share information pertinent to small businesses as well as coping with the changes and impact of COVID-19. Panelists include Dawn Arnold of Arnold Realty Group, Jeff Pierce of Atomic City Family Fun Center, Katie Englert of Compass Counseling and Ed White of Big Ed’s Restaurant.
Register to attend the event via Zoom at paducahchamber.org. The virtual breakfast will also be carried live via the Chamber’s and WPSD’s Facebook pages and livestreamed on WPSD Local 6.
“There is nothing small about the impact small businesses have on the American economy and our local economy. We are going to celebrate and show our appreciation for our small businesses,” said Sandra Wilson, Chamber President. “Small businesses make up the majority of the Chamber’s membership and we know how important it is to provide a variety of services and benefits to them, emphasize buy local and help promote their products and services.”
Chamber members with 15 or fewer employees were asked to submit a short 75-word bio about their business. During the broadcast from the bio submissions, the name of one small business will be drawn to receive the use of a digital billboard for one month, which is sponsored by Hibbs Insurance. Additionally, the names of three businesses will be drawn to be highlighted during the event broadcast. The bios will also be posted on the Chamber’s social media and website after the breakfast.
Arnold is the owner and Principal Broker of Arnold Realty Group. A Metropolis native, after graduating from Western Kentucky University she began her career in December 2015 working for the late Mike Falconite. After two years at Falconite Development, Arnold became its Principal Broker. In the summer of 2019, she opened Arnold Realty Group.
Pierce is co-owner and Vice President of Atomic City, Paducah’s Family Fun Center that opened in late December at 3801 Hinkleville Road.
A Livingston County native, Pierce is no stranger to small business as he has been the owner of Pierce Productions, a video production company, since 2017. He is also a realtor with Keller Williams.
Englert is the owner of Compass Counseling and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science from the University of Kentucky and Master of Arts in Education in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Kentucky University.
She opened Compass Counseling in Paducah in 2013 and has expanded to locations in Owensboro, Henderson and Lewisport. She was the Chamber’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2020.
White started working at Whaler’s Catch at age 16 and worked his way up to Chef and Kitchen Manager. Shortly after Whaler’s Catch closed, he opened his own restaurant on Joe Clifton Drive in 2015. White expanded his business to a larger location on North 8th Street in January 2020 as Big Ed’s.
During the Small Business Celebration, virtual seminars will be held each week starting on Wednesday, May 12 and continuing through June 2 at 8 a.m., on various topics of interest to small business owners. The Small Business Seminars are sponsored by FNB Bank and Lundberg Medical Imaging.